Mr. Pumpkin's tea party

Erin Barker

Book - 2019

Mr. Pumpkin invites friends to share a ghoulishly delightful tea.

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Picture books
Cincinnati, Ohio : blue manatee press 2019.
First edition
Physical Description
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 21 cm
Ages 4-8.
Main Author
Erin Barker (author)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The characters in this seasonal counting book are all traditionally spooky sorts—a spider named Madam Silk, a mummy called Dr. Cairo, and more—but the scariest thing they have in store is attending Mr. Pumpkin's elegant evening tea party. He offers "one cake"; Sir Bones, a formally dressed skeleton, contributes "two jugs of cider"; a vampire dressed as a flapper offers "three jars of jelly to share"; and neighborhood wildlife get in on the act, too ("four swooping bats/ fly through the air"). Newcomer Barker's watercolor and ink illustrations provide the softest of Halloween atmospherics: gentle night, full moon, weeping willow. Formal wear (Baron Laguna sports a bowtie), tidy tea etiquette, and delicious homemade goodies—Mr. Pumpkin's berry-topped cake, Lord Wolfington's scones—portray this Halloween celebration as a quiet, stylish gathering framed by the counting sequence and the rhyming lines. Just right for fear-averse Halloween revelers. Ages 3–5. (Sept.) Copyright 2019 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A seasonally themed counting story combines deep-hued watercolor artwork with bouncing rhymes in the tale of Mr. Pumpkin, who throws a whimsical tea party in the crisp chill autumn air for his ghoulish friends. A first picture book. Illustrations.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

Rhyming text describes the thirteen sights and sounds at a tea party hosted by Mr. Pumpkin.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

'there's a party at Mr. Pumpkin's tonight. A banquet with friends in the autumn twilight. And at this soiree we'll see and we'll find ghoulish delights of every kind.' You are cordially invited to Mr. Pumpkin's Tea Party'a delightfully quirky twist on a counting book, incorporating gorgeous, deep-hued watercolor illustrations, as well as spooky elements and unique characters at an unexpectedly charming tea party. A perfect read for when there is a crisp chill in the air.